ARLINGTON — One week after the city of Arlington’s Parks and Recreation Department’s free movies on Thursday nights in July wrapped up, the earthen steps of Terrace Park were once again filled with spectators as the city’s free concerts on Thursdays at 6:30 p.m. kicked off for August.
The evening of Thursday, Aug. 1, saw Knut Bell and the Blue Collars take to the park’s open-air stage, as families from both near and far set up their chairs, laid down their blankets and took in what the Skagit band called “Honkahillarockabilly” music.
“We try to come here as much as we can,” said Danielle Field, who had two kids in tow. “It’s a good family event. You can bring the little ones and they’ll enjoy it.”
Chris and Dave Hollinger are relative newcomers to Arlington, having just moved to town from Upstate New York, so Aug. 1 marked their first concert in Terrace Park.
“I love the relaxed atmosphere,” Chris Hollinger said. “Where we came from, we didn’t have anything like Terrace Park.”
Terry and Dennis Ingram have been coming to concerts in Terrace Park for the past four years, and expressed their appreciation for the evening’s music.
“I like the older-sounding stuff,” said Terry Ingram, who laughed as she reflected on the biggest change she’s seen to Terrace Park over the years. “This is a great hill, but its steps are getting just a bit slidey.”
Kinder Smoots was joined by children and grandchildren alike that Thursday evening, and would have been accompanied by her husband if he hadn’t had a prior commitment.
“Anytime we can break away, we’re here,” Smoots said. “We’ve been coming here for years. Arlington is an amazing town to have a community so supportive of these programs.”
Robin Myers even came all the way from Darrington with her granddaughter to check out the concert, as she’s done every summer for the past five years.
“Lexi can come out here and make friends, and the kids all have a ball,” Myers said. “I’ll keep coming as long as I’ve got the gas to do it.”
The remaining Thursday night Terrace Park concerts for August include Darrell Mansfield on Aug. 8, The Ride on Aug. 15 and Arlington’s Blues Playground on Aug. 22, all starting at 6:30 p.m. They will be followed by Ali Marcus performing at the Arlington Farmers Market in Legion Park on Saturday, Aug. 31, from 1:30-3 p.m.
For more information, call 360-403-3448 or log onto www.arlingtonwa.gov.